James Lawrence “Jamey” “Jay” Hurm, MD, age 61, went home to glory on September 4, 2018. These were his words:
Jay was born the second of five children to Dee L. Hurm, Sr. and Carol L. Ballew Hurm on May 23, 1957 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was raised in St. Petersburg and graduated from Seminole High School in 1975 and subsequently from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia and University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida. He was a Diplomate of the American Academy of Family Medicine and a Kentucky Colonel, as well as a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Epsilon and Beta Beta Beta, all honors fraternities that did not involve some embarrassing initiation rite done in the nude. He always wanted to be a part of some all male fraternal organization named for a large animal, but just never got around to it. He did however serve as the Illustrious Potentate of the Wooly Worm Festival.
He is the appropriately proud father of Blair Lauren Hurm-Cowan (Judson Cowan) of Edinburgh, Scotland and Phillip James Hurm (Meilin Hurm) of St. Petersburg.
He is also survived by his parents, Dee and Carol Hurm of Seminole, brothers, Stephen Decatur (Gwen Graham) of Tallahassee, Blair Kenyon (Michele) of Largo, Dee Jr. (Durlene) of Forsyth, Georgia and sister Holly Noller (Thomas James) of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and nieces, Becca Ashley McGowan (Patrick) and Laura Elizabeth Hurm both of Middletown, Connecticut, Hannah Melissa Hurm of Largo and nephew Aubrey James Noller of Simpsonville, South Carolina.
He is also survived by beloved uncles, aunts, and numerous cousins, as well as by special friends Tami and David Fagerland and Summer and Ken Kimmel of Tianjin, China, Phillip and Brenda Lucas, Sue and Everett Marshall, and Mrs. Wanda Lou Perkins all of Beattyville, Kentucky, Rev. and Mrs. Wally Schoon of Holsbybrunn, Sweden, Pastor Randy Weekley of Grace Brethren Church, St. Petersburg, and Alice, the rescue dog. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Blair L. and Bernice Mary Saylor Hurm and Max Kenyon “Jeff” and Billie Phillips Ballew, all of Pinellas County, Florida, and animal family members, Bun, Puff, Maggie, The Red Baron and Phoebe, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and other pets.
He practiced medicine for many years in the mountains of Kentucky and later in the plains of Montana, on the coasts of Virginia and Alaska, and the forests of Maine. He emigrated to the People’s Republic of China in 2013 because Medicine was his mistress and he could not show her appropriate affection under the constraints of the American healthcare system. While serving as medical director at Tianjin Family United Hospital, he received the Friendship Award: the Chinese government’s highest award for foreign professionals, after God put him in a position to save the life of a stranger on the streets of China. Most recently, he was serving veterans as a primary care physician at the V.A. Medical Center, Bay Pines, Florida.
He was active in Grace Brethren Church in St. Petersburg, pastored by his dear friend Randy Weekley, and in the past was part of Tianjin International Christian Fellowship, and in churches in Virginia, Montana, Kentucky, Alaska, and Florida. His proudest moments of work were doing relief work in Turkey, Iraq, Kosovo, Mexico, Belize and Togo.
He loved his family most of all and his proudest accomplishment was his children. His passing will be a relief to his coworkers around the world, because they are probably all sick of hearing him brag about them. He loved dogs, horses and bowties as well as reading, eating, talking and travel. He laughed well and often.
Though like all of us, he had regrets, he was grateful that God is a gracious Creator who makes all things new through the gift of His Son Jesus. His greatest regrets are not praising his children more, not letting his family know more how much he loved them, and for generally being an ass throughout his forties and early fifties.
He was cremated and his remains will be scattered at a time and location to be determined by his son and daughter; Jamey will be in Heaven and have bigger things to think about.
A memorial service will be held at Sorensen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m., with a reception for friends and family at Suncoast Community Church in Largo following the service. He is hopeful that his brothers, son and nephew can come up with some ridiculous funeral rite that would be done by an all male fraternal organization named for a large animal if he had ever joined one. Make him laugh!